The Craft: How the Freemasons Made the Modern World
Friday 8 October
Alderson House, 23 High Street
To outsiders, Freemasonry is mysterious and suspect. Yet its story is peopled by some of the most distinguished men of the last three centuries: Winston Churchill and Walt Disney; Wolfgang Mozart and Shaquille O’Neal; Benjamin Franklin and Buzz Aldrin; Rudyard Kipling and ‘Buffalo Bill’ Cody; Duke Ellington and the Duke of Wellington.
Founded in London in 1717 as a set of character-forming ideals and a way of binding men in fellowship, within two decades Freemasonry had spread across the globe, the influence of ‘The Craft’ pervasive. A creed for the new American nation under George Washington; a tool of authoritarianism – and then a cover for revolutionary conspiracy – under Napoleon; the Masonic networks which held the British Empire together … and both the Mormon Church and the Sicilian mafia owe their origins to Freemasonry.
Join John Dickie as he shares his surprising and enthralling exploration of a movement now numbering around six million across the world, which not only helped to forge modern society, but still has substantial contemporary influence.